Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 11, Issue 1,2013
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Optimization of wine decolorization by microfiltration on polyurethane membranes 


Igor Cretescu 1, Alexandru Savin 1, Carmen Cimpeanu 2, Roxana Dana Bucur 3*, Maria Harja 1

Recieved Date: 2012-10-02, Accepted Date: 2013-01-19


Partial removal of colored compounds, responsible for wine properties (i.e. astringency), was studied in term of wine decolorisation, using microfiltration on modified polyurethane membrane. The microfiltration treatment process of the Cabernet Sauvignon red wine was investigated in order to improve the wine quality. The main influencing experimental factors on the wine microfiltration efficiency, taking into consideration in this study were the vacuum intensity (in term of microfiltration pressure) and initial intensity of wine colour (in term of optical density/colour intensity measured in absorbance units). A mathematical model was developed based on experimental design according to 22 second-order rotatable composite central design methodology. The optimal values corresponding to the maximum decolorization rate in terms of wine microfiltration efficiency and wine properties were found for a vacuum of 34 mm Hg and an initial wine optical density of 2.8. 


Wine microfiltration, polyurethane membrane, colour intensity, Cabernet Sauvignon, optimization

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2013
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 221-226

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